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Kay V. Jones

October 4, 1937 - November 7, 2017

Kay Van Leuven Jones was born on October 4th 1937 in Baker, Oregon.  She was welcomed by her parents Calvin Orlan and Elsie Elizabeth Miller Van Leuven.  She grew up in Emmett, Idaho where her dad had a large dairy farm and raised a variety of crops.  She learned to drive the tractor when she was 9 years old and learned to drive a team of horses in the fields when she was younger than that.  She started playing the piano at 5 years old and went on to learn how to play the organ, drums and accordion.  Her brother George was born when she was 9 1/2 years old and she absolutely loved him.   She attended elementary school in Hanna, Idaho in a little three room school house that had 8 grades.  She later graduated from Emmett High School and then attended BYU in Provo, Utah.  After her children were all born and the last few in High School, she earned an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah San Juan Center.
While in Provo at BYU she met her husband Robert Ashton Jones (Bob) on a blind date and the rest is history.  They moved around the first few years of their marriage eventually settling in Blanding where they raised their family of 10 children.  She had read the book “Cheaper by the Dozen” and loved the idea of a big family.  She was great at organizing and could delegate so well that she was affectionately called “General Jones” by her children. She was active in the LDS church and held many callings in the Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society.  She was a den mother in the Cub Scouts and played or led the music for a lot of meetings.  Bob and Kay welcomed lots of people into their home including over 30 foster children and many of their children’s friends call them Mom and Dad.  Kay frequently said there were no strangers, only people she hadn’t met yet.  She loved to write letters and would send out weekly emails to her friends, family, and missionaries.  She loved to meet new people and she welcomed them all into her life.  She loved to read, sing, garden, sew, cook, scrapbook and try new things.  She loved her large family and was always the happiest when the home was full of love and laughter.  She had a love for her Savior Jesus Christ and a strong testimony of the gospel. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orlan and Elsie Van Leuven, Her husband Bob Jones, Her daughters Robin Jones and Lydia Mae Jones and a grandson Kade Jones. She is survived by her brother George (Diane) Van Leuven, children, Heather (Dan) Raisor, Alma (Glenda) Jones, Leah Jones, Richard Jones, Aaron (Kim) Jones, Gary Jones, Ellen (Rodney) Kyles, Lynette (Kim) Jones as well as 30 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and many more in-laws, nieces, nephews and adopted family.


Funeral Visitation Interment
Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:00 AM

Blanding LDS North Chapel
255 East 200 North
Blanding, Utah

Fri., November 10, 2017, 9-10:30 AM

Blanding LDS North Chapel
255 East 200 North
Blanding, Utah

Friday, November 10, 2017

Blanding City Cemetery
500 North Grayson Parkway
Blanding, Utah


Wendi Simons

Vacaville, CA

Grandma Kay you will be terribly missed, the angels on the other side will have the blessings of your presence now. I am so glad I was able to sit and visit with you this summer. Hugs and kisses to your children, grandchildren, greats, great-greats, adopted into the family and those you loved and loved you and those whose lives you touched over the years. There are so many who will miss you!!! Love you all!

Alisa Bayles Rose

Morgan, Utah

She was my neighbor growing up. Such a kind person. I remember her teaching me piano. I always enjoyed being around Sister Jones. Such a wonderful example. It's hard to see all the wonderful people leaving us.

Alisa Bayles Rose

Morgan, Utah

Sister Jones was my neighbor growing up. I always admired her kindness and patience. She taught me piano and was such a great teacher. It is hard to see all the wonderful people leaving us. Our thoughts are with you at this time of grieving.

Sylvia Shumway

Las Vegas, Nevada

So sorry of Kay's passing. I will miss her. Hope her family is doing well.

Lloyd & Sylvia Nielson

Blanding, UT

Kay has always been a special person in our lives. She always had a sweet touch, a gentle word, a loving smile to share with everyone. She was always so thoughtful to my mother when she was having such a tough life her last few years. Kay would call or visit or send her the best emails to brighten her days. We will miss her, and send our thoughts and prayers to all of you in her big, beautiful family.

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